The University of British Columbia Library|
stands out as a leading institution in North America and a high-ranking member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL
). The Library's collections include 5.8 million volumes, 5.3 million microforms, more than 833,000 maps, audio, video and graphic materials, and more than 80,000 serial titles.
Digital initiatives include collecting and providing long-term access to electronic publications and archival records, providing new and more efficient types of digital services, and digitizing print and other materials to be made available online.
Special collections are held at the following branches: Rare Books and Special Collections, University Archives, Charles Woodward Memorial Room, Xwi7xwa Library and the Asian Library.